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7 Daring Design Ideas To Try

August 09, 2022

Break out of your comfort zone with these gutsy design moves. We dare you!

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Photo: Nicole Lamotte. From: HGTV Magazine.

Go All In on One Color

For serious drama, paint your walls, ceiling and even built-ins the same color — and we don’t mean white! The moody hue here, Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, is a perfect match for the sofa.

(Room design by Annette Tatum Design.)

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Photo: Tasha Agruso. From: HGTV Magazine.

Hang Letters Instead of Art

Rethink your gallery wall and swap family photos for your initials in different sizes and fonts. These letters come from craft stores; the pom-pom one is a DIY.

(Room design by Kaleidoscope Living.)

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Mini Dare: Switch Up Your Switch Plates

Dotted Ames Switch Plate

Dotted Ames Switch Plate

$22.00 at Anthropologie
Squiggle Light Switch Cover

Squiggle Light Switch Cover

$31.00 at Mindflowers
Olive Leaf Rocker Wallplate

Olive Leaf Rocker Wallplate

$13.00 at

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Photo: Margaret Wright. From: HGTV Magazine.

Mismatch Your Pendants

Take an unexpected approach to lighting and hang three different pendants at varying heights. Choose shades in the same color or material for a cohesive look; these are all woven bamboo from IKEA.

(Room design by JLV Creative.)

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Photo: Bruce Damonte, Designer: Alison Damonte. From: HGTV Magazine.

Supersize Your Headboard

Give your bed some extra attention and install a headboard that’s as much a wall treatment as it is a piece of furniture. Find extra-wide and extra-tall options at Article and Wayfair.

(Room design by Alison Damonte.)

Mini Dare: Add a Quirky Pillow

Triangle Throw Pillow

Triangle Throw Pillow

$80.00 at Bend Goods

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